Marine Facing Charges For Faking Disappearance

By: AP
By: AP

Military officials say a Marine accused of faking his own disappearance to avoid returning to his unit faces a charge of unauthorized absence that could land him at a military jail for up to a year.

The charge comes two weeks after 23-year-old Lance Hering returned to Camp Pendleton in custody. Hering was arrested Nov. 16 in Port Angeles, Wash. Authorities there were acting on a tip from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

Hering was on leave from Camp Pendleton, Calif., when he disappeared in 2006. Hering's friend, Steve Powers, told authorities Hering was hurt in a rock-climbing accident near Boulder and wandered away while Powers went looking for help. Powers later said the report was a hoax.

The charge was announced Friday.

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  • by Ed Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 8, 2008 at 08:36 AM
    This is crazy. He is a deserter, and caused untold hardship to searchers. Only one year??
  • by Jaha on Dec 6, 2008 at 10:34 AM
    Can you say COWARD!! Only ONE year. Desertion is like treason! Give him at least 5!
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